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Linzer Cookie Tarts

Linzer Cookie Tarts

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  • Yield: 45 sandwich cookies
  • Prep 1 hr
  • Bake 7 mins to 9 mins per batch

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  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup raspberry or apricot preserves
  • Sifted powdered sugar


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine almonds and the 2 tablespoons sugar. Cover and blend or process till nuts are ground. Transfer nut mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in flour, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.
  2. For dough: In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 2/3 cup granulated sugar. Beat about 3 minutes or till very light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla till combined. Beat in as much of the flour-nut mixture as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour-nut mixture.
  3. Form dough into a ball (dough may seem crumbly, but will come together when worked with hands). On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time till 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter with scalloped edges, cut dough in shapes. (If you like, using 1-inch cutters, cut small shapes from the centers of half of the cookies; these will be cookie tops when assembled). Reroll scraps. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 7 to 9 minutes or till edges are very lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool. Makes about 45 sandwich cookies.
  5. To assemble, spread a scant 1 teaspoon preserves on bottoms of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, bottom sides down. Just before serving, generously sift powdered sugar on top.

Nutrition Facts

(Linzer Cookie Tarts)

sodium (mg) 29, sat. fat (g) 2, chol. (mg) 18, Fat, total (g) 4, vit. C (mg) 1, carb. (g) 13, iron (mg) 0, vit. A (IU) 146, pro. (g) 1, calcium (mg) 10, cal. (kcal) 93

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